Posts Tagged ‘Organizational Design



05
Jul
10

Love is the Yoke

Consider that when you formulate and act your business dream into being you are accessing the intangible world of spirit and then yoking it into the tangible, material world.  Your dream comes from spirit, your plan is a cart, and love is the yoke (a yoke is a wooden beam placed on oxen to pull a cart or load).

Only you, as a divine human, have the ability to use your heart (or love) as the yoke for everything that you do –imagine the possibilities when transacting every aspect of your business from the space or yoke of love –how delighted spirit would be with you then (assuming that matters to you, of course).  Essentially you create a heaven on earth –a space for spirit to further express and expand itself into tangible existence.

Your vision of your business comes from spirit and expressing that vision is your gift back to spirit. There really is no other choice but to act from the heart in all aspects of your business.  The degree to which we all fight this truth –the degree to which we act in non-compassionate, destructive ways within the realm of business, is the degree to which we, and everyone impacted by business, suffers.

Making a conscious choice to make love to the world with business is a choice we can all live with and yoke to.

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21
May
10

Top 10 Reasons to Embark on a Planning Journey


Walking into the unknown

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It used to be that business planning fundamentally was about designing linear steps between a a current situation and a chosen future. There are as many reasons why this idea seems ridiculous in today’s world as there are numerous non-linear way’s to live into a chosen future.

So why even do any planning?

You still need a plan to design the structure for business transactions to occur in and prosperity to flow into, but planning today has very little to do with a known destination. Planning today is about an exciting, powerful journey in and of itself. Evolving business planning concepts teach us to proactively interweave action and deep attention. Planning becomes about learning to open the business door and the love window at the same time.

Top 10 reasons to embark on a planning journey:

1. To allow you to access how powerful you are and to get to your true “highest-self” desires.

2. To communicate to others who may want to participate with you (as investors, lenders, partners, etc.) what your business is about and where it is going.

3. To create a structure that holds the flow of prosperity and leverages flood.

4. To design a tangible framework in which you invite spirit to co-create with you.

5. To encourage you to ask yourself and others the right questions –right questions include hard questions.

6. To get you to a place where, as much as possible, you are operating from love and projecting out the expansion of love.

7. To give you the “now” of the day-to-day tending of the business of your business, by getting ideas out of your head and “onto paper”.

8. To have you participate in a consciousness re-creation of “how business is done”.

9. To learn how to powerfully negotiate the integrated space between the tangible, material world and the intangible, invisible world.

10. To serve as a guide for the lifetime of your business by providing guideposts and tools to analyze growth, as well as exit points.

Whether you “end up” with a formalized business plan for financing or 5-sheets of handwritten notes, embarking on the journey of attention-action planning is a conscious choice to step into the reality of the vast unknown.

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Some Kiss We Want ~Rumi

02
Mar
10

Superficiality Won’t Suffice

How you respond to the question, what is the business of business, will pre-configure how you design and manage your organization.

This statement, followed by the wisdom below, caught my eye in a linked-in discussion group Superperforming World Movement. Thank you to Dr. Gregory Gull for allowing me to share, what I would call, his managing both above & below the surface post:

If those in authority believe the business of business is profit then they will very likely organize and manage as if the world is their oyster. According to this system of thought, reality is a collection of objects (i.e. resources) and business is a tool—an instrument, a machine—for the purpose of exacting material gain from the assets or resources at hand. Resources include the people employed by the enterprise—objectified as labor. I am sure you have heard or perhaps even spoken these words: our employees are our greatest assets! Stop and think about this: Who really wants to be the useful tool of another?  Continue Reading »

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05
Jan
10

Business is Not a Dirty Word


Heart In My Mouth
Originally uploaded by rgdaniel

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others, unfold your own myth ~ Rumi

When I am working with business owners, whether they are starting out or have been in business for a while, we explore attitudes regarding the word “business.”  Often times, whether conscious of it or not, most of us have some level of negativity about business.

This is certainly not surprising given the long history (in America particularly) of story-after-story-of-a-shocking-exposure-of “how business is done.” In addition, many of us are familiar with, and occasionally use, sayings that marry the word business with negative connotations ~check out the following from dictionary.com:

Give Someone the Business to make difficulties for someone; treat harshly, to scold severely; give a tongue-lashing to
Have No Business to have no right
Mean Business to propose to take action or be serious in intent; be in earnest
Mind One’s Own Business to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others
Do Your Business to defecate or urinate
Business is Business profit has precedence over personal considerations

These idioms surround us and are part of the cultural consciousness we operate in – yikes! If we take on aspects of a negative consciousness regarding business, it may be difficult to accept true power and prosperity from what we are building. It can be a simple exercise to uncover negative beliefs, including those we hold that are not really our own.

It is a business owner’s responsibility to recreate if necessary the business consciousness they wish to operate in themselves, as well as the consciousness they would like to envelope employees and customers with. It is a powerful thing to knowingly operate within existing consciousness while simultaneously impacting and awakening it.

Business is a vehicle that when driven properly can positively impact our immediate communities and beyond. The truth is that for each shocking-bad-business-story there are 100 positive ones……the truth is that business is not a dirty word and in fact is an inspiring one……and I do mean business about that.

If you are interested in a session to explore your business consciousness contact me

Here is a process for co-creating a completely conscious business plan: Strategy Stream

If you liked this post, you might like this one as well: We are all Shamans Sharing Sacred Space

24
Oct
09

Back to the Core


2 of Force: Ideology
Originally uploaded by Arenamontanus

…Split the sack of your culture…stick your head out…look around…reach up…a voice speaks to your clarity. ~Rumi

When I was in grad school, we spent a lot of time on a popular book called Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (BTL). Published in 1994 by Collins and Porras, the book outlined visionary habits of successful companies. BTL made a strong case for a focus on core ideology (mission, vision, and values) and BHAG’S (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) that go beyond profit.  With the further support of an ongoing body of business literature, the next 15 years of management consulting instilled core ideology and organizational culture development just as strategically necessary as quality products.

The main thrust of core ideology is that it is enduring ~ the eighteen companies on BTL’s “best list” have all been operating for over 100 years with the same ideology intact. Ultimately, core Ideology provides “higher thinking” and guide posts from which to make decisions ~like a beacon reminding you of what you and your company are all about when things seem dark or confusing. The core remains intact regardless of circumstances (very much like spiritual principles that endure over time, resonate when we hear them, and bring us back to center).  A powerful core ideology will speak to anyone who hears it and supersedes individual personalities.

The collective personality of a company is the culture and is distinct from core ideology ~ not separate, but distinct.  The core ideology is operating within the culture, sometimes more obviously than others, but always operating. When things seem “off kilter” and/or the next evolution is necessary, the core is consciously brought to the forefront to smoothly guide the company to the next level.

A strong, effective culture is in love with the ideology, is responsible for it’s growth, and organizes around it. Consciously smart companies understand that supporting the vital connection between culture and core ideology leverages profit and the difference their entity will make in the world.

Read more about Core Ideology in the eBook Becoming a Source of Good

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